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    tense

    Hi

    It it OK to say: I haven't touched boxing gloves for 7 months now.

    How about: I haven't been touching boxing gloves for 7 months now.

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    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    It it OK to say: I haven't touched boxing gloves for 7 months now.
    That is eminently clear.

    How about: I haven't been touching boxing gloves for 7 months now.
    That is a very unusual use of "having been." While it may not be technically incorrect, I don't believe it would be used without some confusion.
    The phrase "I haven't touched..." (whether boxing gloves, alcohol, or my homework) is a very common phrase.

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